Greene County

UPDATE: 4 teenagers arrested in Greene County murder

Victim's 16-year-old son considered suspect

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m.

The Newberry County, South Carolina Sheriff's Office said they caught the four teenage suspects wanted in connection with the shooting death of a man in Greene County, Tennessee. 

Deputies said they were located when a citizen saw them run through a field into a wooded area.

Law enforcement officers quickly surrounded the area. A helicopter was able to track the suspects until they were taken into custody.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident. They will be transported to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office pending further action.


UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: Newberry Sheriff Lee Foster says the teenagers stole several high-powered weapons on their way to South Carolina.

Officers have recovered four weapons from their abandoned vehicle, including an AK-47.


UPDATE 10:42 a.m.:  A multi-state manhunt is now underway for four teenagers wanted in relation to an overnight murder in Greene County, Tennessee.

Authorities in Newberry, SC are actively searching the area surrounding an interstate rest area.

Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns tells News 5 the suspects are wanted in connection with a murder in Greene County. 

Officers were called to a shooting at a home on Snapps Ferry Road around 11 p.m. Sheriff Burns says 36-year-old Robert Blanchard was found dead inside the home from a gunshot.

The suspects are teenagers.They are three males and one female, according to Newberry, SC Sheriff Lee Foster. 

The Greene County Sheriff's Department says one of the suspects is the 16-year-old son of the victim. Officers there say the suspects are armed and dangerous.

South Carolina authorities say a state trooper spotted the car the suspects were in at the upper rest area of I-26 and a chase ensued eastbound. The suspects drove into the city of Newberry and back onto SC 34 before they bailed out of the car at US 176 and SC 34. Authorities are now searching a large wooded area.

Our NBC affiliate in Columbia, SC tells us authorities are currently using dogs, helicopters and SWAT crews to search for the suspects.

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